We enjoyed Cafe Rumist. The staff was very friendly, especially Harron (Harry), who enjoys practicing his English on the tourists. The place was clean and the food was very good. My wife and daughter are vegetarian and they were able to accommodate them. (Note: ask for the lentil soup without butter) There were a number of Turkish/Anatolian choices as well as pasta. My daughter enjoyed the vegetable tiles, my wife liked the veggie pide and I had the Guvec (a Turkish casserole with meat & vegetables). They also have pizzas that are made in their wood-burning oven.
It’s on a street full of restaurants and this one is at the very end so don’t be tempted to stop short when one of the hawkers asks you to try their food. Keep going and it will be worth the walk. The only downside we experienced is that they do not serve alcohol but they offered to let us sit at the bar across the street and bring our food over there. If there was not so much smoke, we would have done so. On our 5 day visit to Istanbul, we had dinner here twice.
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